Do Not Turn Away the Children

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“Do not turn away the children.
Let them come to me instead,
For to them belongs the kingdom.
Make them welcome!” Christ, you said.
As we hear your words of blessing
That you spoke when they drew near,
Can we hear your love addressing
Needs of children we see here?

Do not turn your back on children
Hungry, hunted in Darfur;*
Give them justice, food and welcome,
Make their homes and lives secure.
Don’t neglect the world of children
Who have AIDS and HIV,
For to them belongs the kingdom.
Give them health care that they need.

Do not tell the nation’s children,
“Schools are what we can’t afford!”
Give them all good education;
Teach them well, both rich and poor.
Do not hurry past the children
Longing for your love this day;
For to them belongs the kingdom;
Give them time, don’t turn away.

Do not miss the faith of children
Who have questions deep inside,
For to them belongs the kingdom;
Wonder with them, be their guide.
Jesus, as we hear your blessing
For those ones you welcomed in,
May our deeds reflect your caring
As we welcome them again!

*Alternative wording, “Who know violence, pain and war.”


Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #23

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Do not turn away the children
Title: Do Not Turn Away the Children
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2007)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Copyright: Copyright © 2007 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

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